The Lost Boys
The Lost Boys (1987)

In this hit '80s hybrid of the horror movie and the teen flick, a single mom and her two sons become involved with a pack of vampires when they move into an offbeat Northern California town. Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and her sons, Michael… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 31, 1987
DVD Release Date: January 27, 1998
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Flawed but eminently watchable, Joel Schumacher's teen vampire thriller blends horror, humor, and plenty of visual style with standout performances from a cast full of young 1980s stars.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Schumacher falls far short of the talent for pop wit that Joe Dante showed in Gremlins and The Howling.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Schumacher`s sputtering, short-term approach to the material is a disappointment, because there's something in it that ought to make for a good movie, and from time to time makes The Lost Boys good enough.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A master mold of horror and comedy...

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The Lost Boys, which attempts to be funny while preserving the shock value of the vampire legend, aims somewhat higher... and misses.

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Variety Staff

A horrifically dreadful vampire teensploitation entry.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Southern California isn't exactly Transylvania, but the settings are effectively spooky. And there's some amusing satire on the horror-pic genre. The plot is weak, though.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

There's always room for fancy trash, and this movie -- about a gang of punk vampires terrorizing the new kids in town -- seems capable of providing some. Then the characters open their mouths.

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David Edelstein
Village Voice

Killing bloodsuckers was enough to make Fright Night a hit, and it will probably do the same for the crass, obvious Lost Boys.

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

Though there is enough gore in the film to satisfy the typical bloodthirsty filmgoer, its strong suit is deadpan humor.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Campy fun with some chilling twists and turns. I saw Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric in "That Championship Season" on Broadway a couple years ago,… More
Directors Cat
Much better then I was expecting. Good mix of horror and humour. The Lost Boys is worth watching more than once and is one of the few teen horrors that are… More
Jens S.
If you planned to send proof into space that the 1980s existed, this would be a perfect sample. The clothes, the soundtrack, the characters, storytelling and… More
Alex roy
The Lost Boys is an awesome, thrilling, funny and scary vampire film. This film is responsible for my interest in horror, my love of the genre and my love of… More
Lucas Martins
A scary and remarkable movie, that is not have the cliche of the stereotype of teens films and call the attention of audience from others ages. Fresh.
Unknown Hobo
An absolute classic, Lost Boys is always close to the DVD player. I love Keifer Sutherland in this movie too. This movie is the reason vampires are cool and I… More